Does anyone share my pain re: soda?

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Treester
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   Posted 3/19/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
 
I'm not sure if this is a post-GB/IBS issue or just a bonus that comes with getting older sad but I apparently cannot drink soda anymore.  If I have one in the afternoon, I find that come 7 or 8 PM, I have horrible gas pains and pressure.  I've tried all sorts of food/drink combinations and it really seems like soda is the culprit.  I have minor gas episodes with some other foods, but the episodes I have after drinking soda are distinctive.  It's odd to me that the effects happen several hours later, but I can't think of what else it could be.  It happens whether it's regular or caff free, even my beloved ginger ale.
 
So obviously, I have cut out all soda.  I know it's not something we should be drinking anyway, but it was a welcome treat every few days.  I stay home with my 3 yo so it was nice having something to look foward to that I didn't have to share with him.  tongue
 
Even if you don't have this specific issue, do you care to commiserate with any other dietary quirks?   

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 3/19/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Carbonated beverages are the number one cause of gas and was told first thing not to drink them. I never have because of gas. Probably only had a couple in my life and I am 71 but they have always been bad for me. Intolerance to dairy is common as we age, after all we are the only species that continues to drink milk after weaning. Lots of things happen to our systems unfortunately. I really envy people that can eat anything even as they get older. My Dad loved raw onions all his life and even into his 90's. I can't eat even a little piece of one anymore.

Keriamon
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   Posted 3/20/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I do not have a gall bladder and caffeine is not tolerable to me. I can tolerate carbonation, but no caffeine in excess of that found in green tea (even decaf coffee is right out because it still has caffeine in it). Of course, now that I've been off colas for so long, even a caffeine-free one is a rarity for me, so, I don't know; maybe I couldn't tolerate carbonation either if I had a lot of it and regularly.

You also have to be careful in that most sodas and coffee are made with some sort of acid and acid upsets a lot of people's guts. I can't have fruit juices anymore because of the acidity.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 3/20/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
For me it is the acid in the coffee more than the caffeine. I did buy some acid reducer stuff on line to put in it but I don't really think it is all that good. I find that decaf instant doesn't bother me as much as brewed coffee.

Treester
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   Posted 3/21/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Luckily, coffee doesn't bother me. I love coffee! I don't know what I would do if I had to cross it off my list. It would not be pretty ... I can guarantee that. LOL

purdylady
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   Posted 3/21/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Treester, I had to stop drinking soda for a very long time. I used to drink it all of the time and to make a long story short my stomach told me no more junk food and soda. I have IBS C. I mainly drink water n significantly changed my food intake. Trust me it was something that I didn't want to do, but I had to do it. My stomach simply couldn't take it anymore. Also stress does play a role too. There are flavored packets that can be put in water to change the taste so you dont always have to drink just plain water. For the most part I drink just water. I learned the hard way, I guess that was the only way I realized what kind of havoc I was doing to my body. I have found out it's not the end of the world just the matter of eating and drinking sensibly. Sometimes now I do have a coke, but its far and few in between. I hope this helps. Good luck and if you need more info just ask...smilessssssss

Sarita
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   Posted 3/22/2008 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Treester, I've given up soda in the past but now just drink it because I don't find that it makes my symptoms any worse (and drinking it makes my mood so much better, LOL). It's one of my vices. I try to stick to things like ginger ale and Fresca to keep the sugar and caffeine levels down. However, the carbonation and caffeine can really wreak havoc on some people's systems. It's worth giving up for a little while to see if your symptoms improve, at least.

I really like making a light iced tea with lemon and find that it quenches my desire for a cool tasty slurp. Much healthier too, with all those antioxidants!
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